Why is there a registration fee?
The fees help us cover the cost of hosting the event. All registered walkers will receive a Walk t-shirt and enjoy family fun, arts, crafts, face painting, live entertainment, lunch, great giveaways and a beautiful walk along the Charles River. If you need to cancel, contact us at email@example.com or 888-758-3288. Please note that registration fees are nonrefundable.
Can I register on the day of the event?
Yes—but we strongly recommend you pre-register to make sure you have all the information you need. This also gives you time to fundraise before the Walk. If you register at the event, the cost is $40 for adults (13 and older) and $10 for kids (12 and under).
My whole family is walking. Does everyone have to register?
Yes—for planning purposes we require that all walkers register. All registered walkers receive a t-shirt and bib number to show they’re part of the Walk on event day.
Where does the money go?
Funds raised through the Eversource Walk for Boston Children's Hospital will benefit The Children's Fund—providing unconditional care to our patients and families by strengthening the hospital's areas of greatest need.
What is the fundraising minimum?
The suggested fundraising minimum for all adults (13 and older) is $200. Adult walkers are asked to meet the minimum by July 1. We make it easy: Log in to your Fundraising Center to check out some tips and tools that will help you kick-start your fundraising!
What are Miracle Makers?
Miracle Makers are adult walkers (13 and older) who raise $1,000 or more and child walkers (12 and under) who raise $500 or more. Along with many thanks from Boston Children's, walkers who achieve Miracle Maker status by May 8th will receive a special bib number, Miracle Maker t-shirt and special recognition at the Walk. All those who achieve Miracle Maker status by the July 1 fundraising deadline will be invited to a special reception in the fall.
How should I send my donations to Boston Children's?
Please encourage supporters to donate online through your personal fundraising page. If they prefer to write a check, please mail your donations to 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215, Attn: Boston Children’s Hospital Trust Walk Team, or use the donations envelopes provided in your welcome packet. If you need more envelopes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-758-3288. All checks should be payable to Boston Children's Hospital. Please note, we cannot accept cash donations.
Do you send acknowledgement letters for contributions?
All gifts made through your fundraising website will be acknowledged by email to the donor after the gift has been made. Boston Children's will acknowledge all gifts of $250 or more and send receipts for these gifts.
How do I form a team?
Team captains can create a team during the registration process. All Walk teams must have at least five members to receive team benefits.
How do others join my team?
All team members must register to walk. During registration, walkers can join your team by searching for and choosing the team's name.
If I register before my team captain, can I still join his or her team?
Yes. Once your team captain has registered, go to your personal fundraising page and click the "Join a Team" button. You won't have the option to join the team until he or she has registered.
Can I join a team after I've completed the registration process?
Yes. At any time after you register, you can click the "Join a Team" button on your personal fundraising page.
Will my team get a team banner?
We'll provide a team banner to any team of five or more members that raises $2,500 or more by May 8. We'll send you the banner ahead of time so you can decorate it and then walk proud at the Walk.
Where will my team receive their t-shirts?
Walkers who are registered on a team of 5 or more people by May 8th will have their t-shirts mailed to the team captain prior to the event. Please note: the team captain must select this option during registration. All other walkers will be able to pick up their t-shirt at the event.
IMPORTANT WALK DAY UPDATES
Keeping you healthy and comfortable is our number one priority. Given the increasing temps in Sunday’s forecast, we’re making some minor adjustments.
All 2- and 6-mile walkers will start at 10:30am
You’ll have more time to enjoy food, activities and entertainment once you cross the finish line. If you can’t accommodate the earlier time, no worries! 2-milers can still begin their walk at 11:00am.
The 6-mile route will be shortened a bit
We’re keeping walkers on the shady side of the river, and our awesome volunteers will be there to guide you. We’ll have three water stops along the new route.
Early birds can start before 10:30
If you still prefer to begin your walk at 10am, go for it!
How should I prepare for the heat?
We encourage you to stay hydrated before, during and after the Walk by bringing your own water bottle (we'll have plenty of water, too!). Dress accordingly and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat to cover up.
How do I get to the Walk?
The walk starts and ends at the DCR Hatch Shell. Getting there is easy. You can take public transportation or park at the CambridgeSide Galleria for free and take a complimentary shuttle bus to the event site. View directions.
What is the Walk route?
The walk route runs along the Charles River. NOTE: Given the heat in Sunday's forecast, the 6-mile route will be shortened a bit to allow for more shade. There will be three water stops along the new route. View the route maps.
What security measures are in place?
Walker safety is a high priority for us. Security personnel and police officers are present throughout the property and along the Walk route.
Can I push a stroller or wheelchair?
Absolutely—this is a family-friendly event.
Can I jog, rollerblade or bring a scooter?
For everyone's safety, we ask that all participants walk.
Can I bring my dog?
We love dogs, but unfortunately pooches are not allowed at the DCR Hatch Shell.
Must I start at the official starting time?
All 2- and 6-mile walkers will start at 10:30am; however, 6-mile walkers can still start at 10am, and 2-mile walkers can still start at 11am.
Pre-walk activities—including kids crafts, team photos at the Team Photo Area in front of the Hatch Shell and more—begin at 9:00am. Post-walk, enjoy BBQ, kids activities, music and more!
Can I bring donation checks?
Yes. You can drop them off at the Donation Drop Off Tent.
I didn’t receive my Walk t-shirt yet. Can I get mine on Walk day?
Of course! Please arrive 45 minutes early to pick up a t-shirt at the T-shirt Pickup Tent. You need your bib number to get your shirt, so visit the Pre-Registered Bib Pickup Tent first if you didn't receive your bib in the mail. If you’re part of a Walk team, reach out to your captain to see if he/she has a team shirt for you.
Anything else I need to know?
Please leave large bags, backpacks and valuables at home unless they are completely necessary.
Wear your bib on the front of your shirt—pins will be provided at the Registration & Bib Pickup Tent.
There will be lots of walkers—tell your team members to meet at the Team Photo Area before or after the walk.
Bring your camera or smartphone so you can share photos! Don't forget to use our hashtag, #WalkforBCH.
Why isn’t the discount code that I have working on registration?
Discount codes are case sensitive and only apply to adult registrants.
What is a Fundraising Center?
Your Fundraising Center allows you to communicate with potential supporters, track your fundraising progress, and more.
How do I get a Fundraising Center?
Your Fundraising Center is automatically created when you register for the Walk. Keep your eyes peeled for an email with the link to access your Fundraising Center and your login credentials. You can always access the Fundraising Center by visiting the Walk homepage and clicking the "Log in" button in the header.
Can I personalize my page?
Yes, we hope you will! The more personal your page, the more effective it is. You can personalize it several ways:
- The page you're assigned contains a generic photograph. We urge you to upload your own photo or even create your own mini gallery!
- The standard page includes a general message about why people participate in the Walk. We encourage you to replace this message with your own personal statement, tell your story, and explain why you walk for Boston Children’s Hospital.
How do people donate to my page?
Once they arrive at your page they can click the “Give Now” button that will walk them through the donation process. The donation form will allow them to:
- Give any amount by credit card (over $5)
- Contribute anonymously
- Include a message to you
An email note of gratitude is automatically sent to everyone who makes an online donation to you.
What else can I do with my Fundraising Center?
You can build an email address book, send personal messages to potential supporters, and a lot more. You can also track your donors and their mailing addresses to make sending a thank you note easy!
See our Volunteers page for more information.